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NFL trade market: Kenny Stills to Packers headlines five proposals that make a lot of sense - CBS Sports
Eagles get: LB Avery Williamson. Jets get: CB Rasul Douglas. Howie Roseman already said no to a big-money veteran at linebacker by cutting Nigel Bradham, and between T.J. Edwards and third-round pick Davion Taylor, the Eagles have internal candidates for the MLB job. Roseman is definitely not averse to player-for-player swings late in the offseason, however, and old friend Joe Douglas would likely welcome the chance to offload Williamson’s $8.5 million cap hit. By giving the Jets much-needed cornerback depth in Douglas, who reportedly already took a pay cut because he’s on the roster bubble, Roseman nets a former 100-tackle machine with the option to simply let him walk after 2020. In an abbreviated offseason, Williamson’s experience would arguably make even more sense, even if his salary is bloated. [BLG Note: I can’t see the Eagles taking on Williamson’s $6.5 million base salary but it’s a fresh idea.]

Who should the Eagles start at cornerback across from Darius Slay? - BGN
I always try and be objective when watching players for a film room piece and try to ignore what I previously thought about a player. If I’m honest with you though, I went into this thinking that Sidney Jones was pretty useless and that Maddox was clearly a superior player. After watching both players, I still really like Maddox but I am actually a little higher on Jones than I expected. He has clear flaws in his technique, especially when in off coverage, but he has another talent to not completely give up on him. However, I really do not think he is ready to start until he cleans up some of his issues.

Eagles mailbag: What would your big board look like if the NFL re-drafted the entire league? - PhillyVoice
4) Carson Wentz, QB, Eagles: The disrespect for Wentz above is odd. 11th overall? GTFOH. I do believe that DeShaun Watson is worthy of this spot too, but Wentz should go no lower than fifth in a draft like this.

The Value of Changes - Iggles Blitz
Schematic changes can only do so much. You need the right players. Pederson and the Eagles made sure to add offensive talent this offseason. There is a lot more speed at receiver and that should make a difference. Jalen Hurts could give them a gadget player to mix in at times. The team is still considering adding a veteran RB to the mix. It really will be interesting to see what all of this means in reality. Do the Eagles score more points early in games? Do they get more big plays? Does the offense move back toward the top of the league?

We ranked NFL teams’ continuity from 1-32: Bills and Chiefs lead the way - ESPN
23. Philadelphia Eagles: 70.9% snaps returning. What it means: The Eagles are the only team in the division not changing head coaches and believe they’ll benefit from the consistency. Philly opted not to directly replace offensive coordinator Mike Groh but is hoping the promotion of up-and-comer Press Taylor to pass-game coordinator along with the additions of Rich Scangarello, Andrew Breiner and Marty Mornhinweg to the staff will help fuse fresh concepts to a proven offense.

Early 2020 Fantasy Football Rankings: Running backs - Fake Teams
10) Miles Sanders — The Eagles haven’t signed another running back yet which means it’s all Miles Sanders this season.

The 10 best QB performances in Eagles history - NBCSP
Eagles 34, Redskins 24. Oct. 23, 2017, Lincoln Financial Field. Carson Wentz: 17-for-25, 268 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT, 126.3 passer rating. You can take your pick of a bunch of games down the stretch before he got hurt in 2017 — he had 29 TDs and 5 INTs in his last 11 games – but Wentz was never better than that [Monday] night against the Redskins when he threw touchdowns to Zach Ertz, Corey Clement, Nelson Agholor and Mack Hollins (really) at the Linc.

Eagles’ DeSean Jackson honors George Floyd with custom football cleats - PennLive
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson honored the late George Floyd with a pair of custom football cleats he posted to social media Thursday.

Eagles legend Mike Quick loves the upgrades made at wide receiver during the offseason -
Wednesday, the former Eagles wide receiver and current radio analyst told NFL Network’s Andrew Siliciano that the front office made a major improvement at the position in terms of a key need. “Going into training camp, they’re going to have 14 guys at that position, and a lot of speed, a lot of world-class, sprinter-type speed, and that’s one of the things this offense needs,” Quick said.

Coaches Masterclass: Ken Flajole teaches the anatomy of run fits -
Learn the anatomy of run fits from Eagles linebackers coach Ken Flajole in this edition of Coaches Masterclass, presented by Lincoln Financial Group.

Off The Charts Podcast: June 11 - Football Outsiders
We’re continuing a series of podcasts focusing on specific teams, this week with the Eagles and guest Michael Kist from Bleeding Green Nation. We talk about the Jalen Hurts pick, whether the Eagles receivers can be any better this season, and how they’re going to structure their secondary around new star cornerback Darius Slay.

Projecting Plays Per Game and Offensive Pace - Rotoworld
2020 Projected Plays Per Game: 1. Eagles, 66.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is never speechless. So why is he silent on racism? - Star-Telegram
And here’s an important reality for Jones and everyone else in 2020, silence is no longer proper. Silence is no longer acceptable. Silence is violence is the new mantra. And that can’t be the message they want to send. Yet Jones has made no official comments denouncing racism since the killing of George Floyd by a white Minneapolis police officer on May 25 and the racial tension as well as unity that has been at the core of Black Lives Matter protests, not just in cities across the country but around the world.

Mailbag: NFL’s Top Five Defenses to Watch in 2020 - MMQB
From FreakofNature (@mphoenix1603): Dak. Plays this year on the tag or under a long-term deal?. Freak, love the direct nature of the question—since I’ve been asked every which way about the Dak Prescott situation other than that one. Bottom line, I think his new deal gets done at the deadline. The Cowboys have had tumultuous contract negotiations in the past. They’ve had tagged players upset with the pace of talks before. And when it comes down to it, Jerry Jones winds up signing the guys he genuinely wants to keep, and Prescott’s certainly in that category.

Three best acquisitions and three biggest losses for the Dallas Cowboys this offseason - Blogging The Boys
Travis Frederick (Retirement). For all of the talk and excitement surrounding the Dallas Cowboys offense, there is one glaring hole: the center position. After missing the 2018 season because of Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Frederick fought his way back on to the field last season. However, the former first-team All-Pro selection and five-time Pro Bowler decided to hang it up this offseason. Replacing Frederick is a huge and important storyline for the Cowboys. Joe Looney filled in nicely during the 2018 season, but the Cowboys also have 2019 third-round pick Connor McGovern and 2020 rookie Tyler Biadasz battling for the starting center role. There is a lot of talent on the Cowboys offensive depth chart — including the offensive line that features Tyron Smith, Zack Martin, and La’el Collins — but Dallas must find a suitable replacement in the interior of the line.

Rebuilding NFL Teams and the Worst-to-First League, Part 2 of 2 - Hogs Haven
Contrary to many fans’ and team owners’ expectations, it usually takes NFL teams a few seasons or longer to turn things around after hitting rock bottom like the Redskins did in 2019. When teams have been able to stage these types of comebacks, it has taken an average of 4.6 years. But those comebacks are not distributed evenly. The top teams in the league are able to bounce back very quickly. Their experience is probably not very informative for Redskins fans. The teams that have been most directly comparable to the Redskins over the past 20 years seldom manage to bring themselves back to respectability, and when they do, it has taken an average of 7.3 years to come back from hitting rock bottom. Is that what we have to look forward to, the Redskins winning their next playoff game around 2026?

The NFL Will Never Lead, but It Can Be Made to Follow - The Ringer
The NFL is a fascinating bellwether of the nationwide protests, not because of its moral clarity, but because it’s so utterly without a conscience. Roger Goodell and the owners will respond insofar as public opinion—and the players—demand.

How MLS plans to return this summer - SB Nation
It has now been nearly a week since Major League Soccer came to terms with the players’ union on a modified Collective Bargaining Agreement that cleared the way for returning to play in 2020. The games would be the first since the league put a halt on its 25th season on March 12 due to the coronavirus pandemic with the 26 teams having played just two games apiece. Despite that agreement, the league has yet to officially unveil its exact plan nor what the season might look like after. There have, however, been many reports surrounding those plans. While there are still a lot of unknowns, there’s at least enough out there that we have a good idea of what this season might look like.


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